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What is the secret of Soylent Green?
In an overpopulated futuristic Earth, a New York police detective finds himself marked for murder by government agents when he gets too close to a bizarre state secret involving the origins of a revolutionary and needed new foodstuff.
Never thought in my wildest dreams that this golden oldie would have the impact on me that it did! I was totally gobsmacked! The films underlying message is even MORE relevant today then it was back then!
With various reports of animal species becoming extinct, dwindling natural resources and man's unquenchable greed and proclivity towards arrogance I found the film even more terrifying because there is no one to save us from ourselves!
The late great Edward G. Robinson died 12 days after filming concluded, which makes his death bed scene even MORE powerful!
A Sci-Fi Classic that is way ahead of its time and more than deserving of your time!
Even though the big reveal is practically common knowledge, Soylent Green is still an interesting stroll through a remarkably well fleshed out dystopian future.
In Soylent Green the future is overcrowded and sticky. There is an oppressive heat director Fleischer manages to convey rather well. There is always a sense of being in a cramped space when we're with the protagonists, which is contrasted really well with simple pleasures that have become valuable commodities only available to the rich. The world building is one of the film's strongest assets, with the idea of the Exchange (a group of scholars tucked away like some living Wikipedia) being my favourite. The past is…
The worst film of this project so far - and I really wasn't expecting it to be.
Of course, everyone knows the ending to this film. Even though it's not exactly one of the most watched films of all time, the originality of the twist behind it, certainly for its time, has allowed it to attain a fair amount of attention for that fact. But I think the fact that it is attained very little attention for anything else here is very telling.
It's half a silly sci-fi parable and half serious futuristic mystery and never do the two feel like they come together at all. It's filled with kitschy scenes that do feel fitting for the…
Soylent Green is a far more serious, more interestingly made film then most give it credit. i feel like it's now well know ending revelation and the jokes and parodies that have gone along with it has over shadowed the actual merits of this very well made film. i kept thinking 2 things while watching it again last night :
1) i wish i could have seen this in theater in 1973 and have it all be a fresh experience.
2) Charlton Heston's seventies sci fi career reminds me recent Tom Cruise career as the master of the one shot serious sci fi film.
all in all, Soylent Green still stands up great today as slice of golden 1970s science fiction cinema.
Over-population, climate change, exhaustion of resources, corporate greed, it's all there. Soylent Green expressed vital environment messages over 40 years ago, and it did chillingly and frankly. Unfortunately, it's remembered strictly on the basis of being iconic.
Prophetic convictions are merged with noir/sci-fi characteristics to create a film so gripping you forget it features Charlton Heston. The film also features fantastic work from Edward G. Robinson (a perfect farewell to the man) and a cameo from one of my favorite actors, Joseph Cotten.
The "Euthanasia" sequence is so tragic and beautiful. The images and sounds it's inter-cut with are the wondrous result of early 70s Technicolor.
Gorgeous and ponderous, don't mistake Soylent Green for a cheap science fiction picture. It's far, far more.
I honestly thought this was going to be more of a sci-fi movie and more action packed, but it is really more of a slow burn detective story. It was worth a watch and I'm sure it would have had more of an impact without the giant spoiler everyone already knows about at this point. Still Charlton Heston is great in anything and he's always entertaining for an hour and a half or so.
It Varies From Person to Person
As a thought experiment, I'm going to try to review this movie without spoilers. Now, it's forty-two years old. Its punchline, if you look at it as a shaggy dog story (which well you might!), is one of the best-known lines in film, hitting #77 in the AFI film quotes list. It's one of those movies that has been spoiled so often and so thoroughly that my first memory of the existence of the movie at all is in learning what the trailer refers to as "the secret of Soylent Green." Indeed, a sharp-eyed view of the trailer makes quite clear what the secret is, all things considered. But okay, let's forget all that.…
Soylent Green is one of those films that makes you appreciate your life more, despite being a movie with a concept that probably won't predict the future right (we'll see in a few years). I'm sure a lot of environmentalists are already drawing similarities between this film and the GMO food industry. Soylent Green also shows a very overpopulated world, something that many thinks our world currently is.
Back to the movie, this is a very compelling science fiction thriller with many great aspects. The absolute best one is the look of this dystopian future. How people sleep on staircases, in churches. I enjoyed most of the acting as well, especially Edward G. Robinson's performance. Anyone who enjoys modern day science fiction should watch Soylent Green! It has inspired many films in the same genre.
Chuckie Heston achieves the Doomsday Quadrifecta with his 2nd-most memorable dystopian role as a hapless 21st-century detective in the poisonously overpopulated World of the Future, who uncovers an unspeakable plot to convert humanity into a neverending supply of little, green, and delicious, square biscuits.
I recall having read Harry Harrison's book, "Make Room! Make Room!" before seeing this in the theater, and being thoroughly horrified by its Malthusian depiction of the far-flung future of 1999, where Earth labours to feed an intolerably huge population of over 7 billion souls. Well, here we are 16 years after the events of the book, and we apparently hit the 7 billion population mark 4 years ago, so I suppose we'll have to wait a while longer for our delicious green biscuits.
A very 70's dystopian future, kinda weird, kinda interesting, worth a watch.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Soylent Green, a nutritious cinematic experience more filling than what you may believe and still fresh even when heavily spoiled.
It’s About People
It’s a shame that we think we know all there is to know about Soylent Green. Yes, yes, it’s people, Soylent Green is people. The film is a victim of its own iconic line and on first glance, a modern audience might see it as stale. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Soylent Green is a sneakily layered picture, more than just its pulpy science-fiction husk. Look closer, and there’s a political message that resonates today. And at its core, Soylent Green is a profoundly humanist parable on how we treat others and take…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Efficient and intelligent direction from Fleischer really sells the world here. What could be affected (the green haze) is instead stripped down, geometric. Interior space is crystalline, as are movements. Shapes, symmetries, and light comment on characters or moods but not cloyingly. Heston is hulking, almost ape-like, and the relatively sparse locations provide an interesting sequence of environs for he and other bodies to navigate.
The film is genuinely bleak. Despite the odd note of the final images, what we see here is really humanity on the way out. I know there has got to be others, but this is the only apocalypse film I've seen in which the human race is perishing slowly. Fleischer's cynicism is definitely almost choking…
I had survived really knowing what this film was about right up until Jim Broadbent shouted out the twist somewhere in Cloud Atlas. But it's still a decent sci fi.
I mean the mystery might have been there back in the 70s but with so many movies now on a close thematic its just further from shocking anymore. Besides there is way to much crap from the 70s for this movie to be in the 2022 year. Also havent they invented absolutly anything in 50 years...what a bunch o morons!
Sent in 2022 [thats 7 years away people!]
A very dated look at the future from the year 1973
A very wooden Charlton Heston investigates the murder of the head of the food supplier company
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